Posted by: terrapraeta | November 20, 2009


This was an email sent to me… about a wealthy man showing his son how poor people live… I couldn’t help myself… I had to play with it a little and re-present it in it’s modified form

One day, the father of a civilized family took his son on a trip with the express purpose of showing him how primitive people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights visiting an aboriginal tribe.

On their return from their trip , the father asked his son , “How was the trip?”

“It was great , Dad.”

“Did you see how primitive people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah , ” said the son.

“So , tell me , what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered:

“I saw that we have one dog and they had a whole pack.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have forests and prairies that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us , but they serve one another.

We buy our food , but they merely have to pick it up.

We rely on our occupation and money, they rely on the Earth to provide.

We have walls around our property to protect us , they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added , “Thanks Dad for showing me how primitive we are.”


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